College student faked rape report after hiring man to beat her - prosecutors
Triplett pleaded not guilty to falsifying a rape report in court
on March 29. A student at UC Santa Barbara, she is accused of
posting two ads on the classifieds website Craigslist seeking a man
who would meet with her on campus at UC Santa Cruz, where she was
visiting on February 16.
In the first ad, which was read in court, she wrote, “I am
looking for a gun owner to shoot me in the arm/shoulder with the
smallest caliber bullet possible.”
The district attorney told reporters that Triplett wrote she
wanted someone with a “strong hand” to “punch, kick and
bruise her” while promising “no charges would be filed”
- and that she would pay for such services in sex. One man helped
Triplett carry out her plan on February 17, and is now cooperating
with police, investigators said.
“They had sex and afterwards she used a cell phone screen
reflection as a mirror to see if the injuries were bad enough.
[Triplett] then directed him to hit her some more,” court
records stated, according to KSBW, a local ABC affiliate.
Later that day Triplett called 911 and told police she had been
raped on a campus trail. Despite providing a description of her
supposed attacker, police were able to determine ten days later
that the report had been a lie. She has since admitted to the
Assistant District Attorney Johanna Schoenfield tried to explain
Triplett’s actions as evidence of Triplett’s deep
“Part of the prompting for posting these ads was thoughts of
suicide, depression, and wanting somebody to hurt her to almost
bring her back to life,” Shoenfield told NBC. “Ms. Triplett
essentially orchestrated this event. This case caused a lot of
widespread fear in the community.”
Richard Triplett, the girl’s father, covered her face on the way
out of court and said “there are two sides to every
“She is sorry for any problems or chaos she has caused,” he said. “What we’re dealing with is a very scared, very upset, very confused 20-year-old girl who has made some poor choices. This is the culmination of these choices.”
Triplett’s accusations came less than a week after a female
student at UC Santa Cruz was robbed and shot off-campus. She was
never arrested or jailed, although she is in court-mandated
psychology sessions. She faces up to six months in jail if
convicted of filing a false report.